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Porter County referendum votes went smoothly

Updated: June 10, 2013 2:03PM



VALPARAISO — An official with Porter County Voter Registration said Wednesday there were no major hiccups in Tuesday’s two school referendum elections, though the vote tally took some time because it was done by hand.

That, said Kathy Kozuszek, Democrat director for the office, was meant to save money for the school corporations, which paid for the election.

“Everything was hand-counted at the precincts,” she said. “Everything’s been sealed at this point.”

The measure for the Union Township schools passed with 58 percent of the vote, while the one for the Boone Township schools failed by four votes.

Boone Township Superintendent George Letz had said when he received the final vote that he hoped some absentee ballots might still be outstanding that could at least bring the vote, which was split 543-547, to a tie.

Those votes, Kozuszek said, were counted with the rest of the ballots at each precinct. She and Republican director Sundae Schoon, with the escort of a Porter County Sheriff’s Department deputy, delivered absentee ballots to the township precincts on Tuesday.

“There was one provisional ballot in Union (Township). It’s not going to make a difference in that election,” she said, adding the ballot hinged on proper identification from the voter.

Letz, who could not be reached for additional comment Wednesday, has been in contact with the office to find out about a recount because the election results were so close. His district faces $535,000 in budget cuts and the loss of 10 teachers.

“He’s welcome to ask for that recount,” Kozuszek said, adding the recount process is a lengthy one under Indiana Code.



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